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[whatwg] the cite element

From: Kristof Zelechovski <giecrilj@stegny.2a.pl>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 23:29:06 +0200
Message-ID: <2F2F39358B9945D2AF9EE6A9E49D64C9@POCZTOWIEC>
Rendering the name "Aristotle" in italic by itself, if not used for
emphasis, indicates that the name is used in an oblique, indirect way,
perhaps referring to a fictitious person or a nickname, the person referred
to as "Aristotle" by a 3rd party.  Please do not ask me why this is so; I
shall not be able to give a definitive answer.  You may disagree, of course.
I never said that titles MUST be rendered in an italic style.  All I said is
that, in the context where scholarly style guides prescribe normal style,
the surprise factor of the user agent rendering it in italic style instead
is negligible.  OTOH, the surprise factor of the user agent rendering the
*author* in italic style is unacceptable.  I fully agree that this is an
unfortunate circumstance.
Received on Thursday, 4 June 2009 14:29:06 UTC

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